MLB notes: Nationals' Bryce Harper miffed at MLB for auctioning jersey

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. (JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. (JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Bryce Harper isn't happy with Major League Baseball.

The Washington Nationals outfielder said the jersey he wore on opening day was taken from him and auctioned off by MLB, with money raised going to charity. Harper's jersey sold for just over $13,000.

"They just take my jersey away from me and don't ask if I want it or anything! First opening day! Jersey gone!" Harper tweeted, brining the issue to light three weeks after the 2013 season started. "I hope all the money goes to charity and not something wrong! Charities need it way more!"

Harper was miffed at losing the jersey because this year was his first opening day in the big leagues. Although he won the National League rookie of the year award last season, he didn't make his debut with Washington until April 28.

WHITE LOVES A-ROD

Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has a new fan in UFC president Dana White, an avowed Boston Red Sox supporter.

Rodriguez helped White, who suffers from an inner ear issue known as Meniere's disease, get treatment at a clinic in Germany. The Orthokine blood-spinning treatment, which Rodriguez had done in 2011 while dealing with knee and shoulder injuries, left White feeling much improved.

"The only way you can go there is to have a referral," White said of the clinic in Dusseldorf during a media scrum for a UFC event. "A-Rod got me in. Love you, A-Rod. Thank you. I'm a Red Sox fan and an A-Rod fan now, trust me. Boston guys will have to deal with it. The guy saved me."

BRIEFLY

The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Texas Rangers, who designated him for assignment last week. Borbon had just one at-bat with the Rangers this season and didn't play in the majors in 2012 ... The Miami Marlins designated pitcher John Maine for assignment. He made just four appearances for the Marlins, his first in the majors since 2010 ... Milwaukee Brewers corner infielder Taylor Green, who has been out since March 21 with a hip injury, will have surgery next week. The Brewers haven't said how long they expect Green to be out, other than that it will be for "an extended period" ... New York Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who was part of the deal that landed the Toronto Blue Jays R.A. Dickey, is out eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. He won't need surgery, though ... Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison has a herniated disk in his back and will have surgery Tuesday, according to GM Jon Daniels. Harrison was put on the disable list last week ... The Oakland A's reinstated first baseman Brandon Moss off the paternity list and sent Shane Peterson hack to triple-A Sacramento.


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